International Board

The members of the International Board, in addition to the International President, are:

Dr David Noguera worked as a general practitioner in Girona, before going to the field with MSF for the first time in 2001 as part of a mission caring for migrant populations in the Canary Islands. Since then David's work with MSF has taken him to Somalia, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Angola, Zambia, India, Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. David joined the Emergency Unit in 2006, first as an emergency coordinator and then as head of the unit. He has extensive experience in emergencies, and has worked in a variety of contexts, from nutritional crises to epidemic outbreaks. Founder of ReAcció Humanitària, an organisation that seeks to increase social knowledge on humanitarian crises and NGO's response, he has worked for institutions like the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and organisations such as the Red Cross. He has been the president of MSF Spain since October 2016.

 

Yvan Legris joined the International Board as Treasurer in January 2017. Prior to joining MSF, he spent over 30 years at HR Consulting firm Aon Hewitt where he became the global Chief Executive of the consulting division in 2012. Yvan is an actuary by profession and has been pursuing a Masters in Humanitarian Action at the CERAH since September 2016. He has been a volunteer advisor on HR projects to the MSF International Office since April 2016. He lives in London and was born in Mauritius.

 

 

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and an activist, specialising in global health, governance and bioethics. Joining MSF in1992, Rachel spent five years in the field as head of mission in Djibouti, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also spent four years in Latin America heading a regional humanitarian affairs initiative. Between assignments, Rachel has taken on a variety of programme, advocacy and policy roles with MSF, including Director of the Access Campaign in Canada between 2003 and 2007. Rachel is currently President of the Board of Directors of the international advocacy group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and has consulted for a number of health organisations internationally. Rachel was elected to the International Board in June 2013.

 

Áine Markham

Áine Markham trained as a general and paediatric nurse in Ireland. She worked with MSF in the field between 1994 and 1998, before moving to the headquarters in Brussels where she held the position of Operational Coordinator and later Director of Operations. In 2004, she became an independent consultant, a move that coincided with her living in Ghana and Bolivia. Since returning to Belgium in 2011, she has worked with a number of international NGOs, Foundations and Academic Institutions on different public health issues. In 2014, Áine was elected to the board of MSF Belgium.

 

 

Colin McIlreavy

Colin McIlreavy is currently based in the United States, working as a consultant. Trained as an engineer, Colin started work in the oil and gas industry before turning to humanitarian assistance. He began by working for the GOAL development organisation in Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania. In 1998, Colin joined MSF, and he has since gained 13 years of experience working on programmes in Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Iraq and Chechnya.

 

 

 

Tejshri Shah (Tish) trained as a paediatrician in the UK and specialises in infectious diseases. She has been involved with MSF since 1999, initially as a physician, then project and medical coordinator in the field. She worked as a health advisor in Amsterdam, before becoming Head of the Manson Unit in London. In 2010, Tish returned to clinical practice in London but undertook a short mission to Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. She was elected to the MSF UK board in 2015, and was named OCA Council Chair in September 2016. She balances her MSF obligations with her clinical work.

 

Bertrand Draguez

Dr Bertrand Draguez first worked for MSF in 2000, as a general practitioner in East Timor. Since then, he has worked as a doctor in Angola and South Sudan, as a field coordinator in Afghanistan, and as a medical coordinator in Democratic Republic of Congo and Côte d'Ivoire. From 2005 to 2008, Bertrand held the post of medical officer of the MSF unit in Brussels covering the Great Lakes region of Africa. In 2008, he was appointed as Medical Director of MSF's operational directorate in Brussels. Bertrand was elected president of MSF Belgium in 2016.

 

 

Dr Thomas Nierle

Dr Thomas Nierle works part-time in Moutier hospital, Switzerland, as medical director and emergency physician. He is interested in clinical medicine, quality of care and hospital management. In 1997, Thomas began working with MSF in Afghanistan and after missions in Madagascar, Burundi and Mozambique he took up the position of emergency coordinator and, later, programme manager for emergencies in Geneva. Thomas was Director of Operations in Geneva from 2001 to 2004 and during this time was also a member of the Board of Directors of MSF France and a member of the steering committee of the Access Campaign. After joining the Board of Directors of MSF Switzerland in 2010, he was vice-president from 2011 to 2014 and was elected president of the board in May 2014.

 

Reveka Papadopoulou

Reveka Papadopoulou is currently Head of Mission in Mozambique. In 1995, Reveka starting working with MSF as a Field Coordinator in Armenia and after missions in Palestine, Liberia, Yugoslavia and Honduras she took the position of Liaison for the Access Campaign before working as Deputy Programme Manager and Programme Manager in Geneva and Head of Mission in Lebanon. Reveka spent four years, from 2008 to 2012, as General Director of MSF Greece before returning to the field.

 

 

Andrew Cunningham is based in London and works as an independent consultant focusing on research and analysis for the humanitarian sector. He began his humanitarian aid career in the mid-1990s in the Rwandan refugee camps in Tanzania. Before that, he worked in development in Burundi. After obtaining a Master of Science in Public Health, Andrew joined MSF in 1997 and worked in the field in a variety of countries and contexts until 2007, when he took a position in the Humanitarian Affairs Department at headquarters in Amsterdam. After leaving MSF in 2011 Andrew obtained a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London and began work as a consultant, working 50 per cent with MSF and the rest of the time with a variety of other humanitarian organisations.

 

Dr Tankred Stöbe

Dr Tankred Stöbe first worked with MSF on a cross-border project in Thailand and Myanmar in 2002, joined the board of directors of the German section in 2004 and served as its president from 2007 to 2015. Recent MSF field work has included time in Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and the Philippines as a medical doctor, in South Sudan as an emergency coordinator and in Sierra Leone as an intensive care doctor. Tankred is specialised in internal and intensive care medicine, and currently works as a consultant at the Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhoehe in Berlin.

 

 

Dr Mégo Tarzian

Dr Mégo Tarzian (full name Méguerditch Tarazian) joined MSF in 1994. He worked on short assignments as a translator for MSF in Nagorno-Karabakh, then as a hospital physician in Yerevan, Armenia, before working as a doctor in MSF programmmes in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iran and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1999. Mégo then went on to work as a ‘mobile’ coordinator in a number of countries, and as a coordinator of emergency programmes in Niger, Pakistan, Central African Republic and Jordan. Between 2005 and 2013 he was deputy and then head of emergency programmes at MSF's operational directorate in Paris. Mégo was elected President of MSF France in June 2013.

 

Maxine

Maxine Kennett is an international lawyer, specialising in commercial law, governance and development. She joined the International Board as Board Secretary in 2016. Prior to MSF, Maxine worked as a lawyer for corporations, governments, NGOs and international organisations. Her work has taken her to most countries around the world and she has held long-term assignments in China, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Iraq and southern Africa.  She currently lives in Switzerland. As Board Secretary, Maxine is a non-voting member of the International Board.